The Executive Secretary of Nigerian Shippers’ Council Hassan Bello has stated that the reintroduced Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) would boost revenue collections by the government, enhance cargo safety, and curb the proliferation of ammunition in the country.
The Federal Government over the weekend directed the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, to resuscitate CTN.
Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) is a system for collecting documents and processing information on cargo onboard a vessel.
However, Minister Rotimi Amaechi has directed the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, NSC, to commence preparation to undertake the responsibility of administering CTN as it takes off.
The minister said the Nigerian Shippers’ Council has been encouraged to introduce the system in a way that shouldn’t add to the cost of doing business at the ports, but enable the nation to track imports from ports of origin to drastically reduce the import of arms.
Hassan Bello said “another instrument that will add tremendously in shipping development. It will boost the revenue of the government in customs revenue collection in the sense that it will abate under-declaration and concealment. It will boost the revenue of NPA because there will be no more alteration of the manifests. It will boost the revenue of NIMASA because under–declaration on the weight of ships will not be there any longer.
“You will know everything that is coming into your country. We have had many African countries having this because it is the initiation of the Union of African Shippers Council (UASC),” the NSC boss said about CTN last year.
Recall that in 2017 alone, 2671 pump-action rifles were intercepted at Nigerian seaports. The guns were legally registered for export in Turkey as pump-action rifles for hunting but the manifests were changed in Morocco to become steel doors to enable the container to gain entry into Nigeria.
With CTN, however, Nigeria would have been able to see the original manifests from Turkey and intercept the guns before the consignments arrived in Nigeria.
Twenty-four African countries presently use CTN and these nations include; Angola, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana and Guinea.
Others include; Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Togo.
Although CTN has had two stints at Nigerian ports previously, under the administration of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and later NSC, Nigeria would have to prequalify the possible companies via a bidding process.